MS Cocktailin' for A Cause!

On November 15, Multiple Solutions, the junior board of the MS Society – Greater Illinois Chapter, will host the 5th annual MS Cocktailin’ for a Cause event at the Hard Rock Hotel (230 N. Michigan). 

Attendees will be treated to appetizers, a premium open bar and a variety of music. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in a big-ticket item raffle and a spectacular silent auction featuring a selection of upscale merchandise, gift baskets, Chicago sports memorabilia and much more.

We hope to raise over $65,000 at this year’s event, and the funds will be used to benefit the Greater Illinois Chapter’s research and programs, which in turn benefit the more than 20,000 individuals living with MS across Illinois.

 The tickets are $100 each and can be purchased online at

Design a Dress for Mariah and Breast Cancer Research

Mariah Carey is launching a new fragrance, Luscious Pink, but being the fabulous diva that she is…She just can’t roll out the new fragrance without doing it big! So, she is asking you to design a pink dress for her to wear! Three dresses will be produced…One for Mariah (or Mrs. Cannon), one for the design winner, and one to be auctioned to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The contest goes until November 14th, and click here for more information!

NYC Event Alert

If you’re fortunate enough to live in NYC and are looking for something to do this Saturday, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund will host the 3rd annual “Front Row” fashion show at the Roseland Ballroom (239 W. 52nd St).


Lynn Whitfield

Lynn Whitfield


This year’s honorary chairperson is Actress Lynn Whitfield (loved her in Thin Line Between Love and Hate) and Fonzworth Bentley is serving as co-chair. This year’s honorees include: Supermodel Beverly Johnson, Photographer Keith Major, Supermodel Tyson Beckford, Fashion Entrepreneur Audrey Smaltz (CEO and Founder of The Ground Crew Worldwide), Make-Up Artist Ross Burton, Celebrity Hair Stylist Oscar James and Ashley Stewart Retail Stores.

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund was established in 1987 and represents 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Over the last 21 years, Thurgood Marshall College Fund has awarded more than $91 million in scholarships, programmatic, and capacity support, enabling more than 7,500 students to attend public Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

I wish I’d known about this earlier! I’ve been looking for an excuse to go visit NYC. I like the Big Apple in the fall…And, I’ll down for any opportunity to be under the same roof with Mr. Beckford. Just seeing his name inspired my to do a Google image search. Yeah, his body was sculpted by God! And, that’s the absolute truth!


Ticket prices range from $50-$250, and include both the fashion show and after party. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit the fund’s website at



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Macy's Passport: Fashion Cinema

Over the last 26 years, Macy’s Passport event has combined “fashion and compassion” in support of community HIV/AIDS organizations. Traditionally, the fashion and performance event stays on the West Coast and only benefits organizations in the LA/San Franscisco areas. However, for the first time this year, other cities will have the opportunity to view the show and support our local organizations.

This Thursday, Macy’s Passport: Fashion Cinema will bring the event to movie screens in 27 cities across the US. Attendees will enjoy a hosted wine reception and receive an exclusive Macy’s discount. The Chicago screening will benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and will take place at the AMC River East 21 Cinema (322 East Illinois St). Tickets are $25, but if you head over to, you can snag 2-for-1 tickets! The reception starts at 7p, and the show starts at 8p!

For more information on Macy’s Passport, please visit macy’!


Quick Hits

Happy Hump Day! Here are a few quick hits for today:

  • USA Today did a series called “Sharing in the USA,” examining how Americans give. The articles cover how philanthropy has evolved over the years, how celebrities give, and how the economy is affecting our contributions. You can access the stories here.
  • The Auxiliary Board of Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is hosting their “Okto-bear-fest” this Friday, October 17th at Sedgwick’s Bar and Grill (1935 N. Sedgwick). The cost of the event is $30 and includes domestic beers, wines, and call drinks, and it will last from 6-9p. For more information on Bear Necessities, click here!
  • Tomorrow, October 16th, the Junior Board of Girls on the Run will host a wine tasting at Lush Wine and Spirits (1257 S. Halsted). The event costs $30, and covers three hours of wine tasting. Girls on the Run is provides programs for girls between the ages of 8-13 years. The programs combine training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. For more information, visit!

Spa Week Chicago

Spa Week in Chicago kicked off on Monday, and during this fabulous time we have the opportunity to enjoy discounted treatments for $50 at more than 25 area spas and salons. For a listing of participating spas, please visit Spa Week Media Group, the PR firm responsible for Spa Week, also donates a portion of the proceeds from Spa Week to Cancer and Careers, a resource for working women living with cancer.

You have until Sunday, the 19th, to take advantage of these deals. With the seasons changing and our (Chicago) sports teams in disarray, who couldn’t use a relaxing massage??? Exactly. Enjoy!


Volunteers Needed: “Dream Halloween” Event

The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF) is hosting their annual “Dream Halloween” event this Saturday, October 18th. “Dream Halloween” is a fun-filled evening of Halloween fun for children and families which includes live entertainment, costumed characters, games, giveaways, and food and beverages.

There are still many things that you can assist with in the days leading up to the actual event! Volunteers are asked to work 3-hour shifts on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. The event will be held at the Windy City Fieldhouse (2367 W. Logan Blvd) and all pre-event shifts will be there as well. If you’re interested, please head on over to or call the Chicago volunteer hotline (312) 409-1210.

I will be there Thursday evening, Friday afternoon, and working the actual event on Saturday. I haven’t been in the whole Halloween spirit since college, but I think that this weekend will do me some good! From what I hear, the children are so excited and happy to be there and everyone has a great time. Sounds like my kind of place :-)



Wow…150 Ways?!?

Marie Claire has come up with a list of 150 products to support breast cancer awareness and research! You can view the entire list by clicking here! Some of the featured products include:

Special edition Shiseido Lip Gloss, $20.50 (Available at Macy’s or Sephora)

Shiseido Lip Gloss

Coach Lexington Breast Cancer Awareness Watch, $398 (Available at Macy’s or Coach stores)

Coach Breast Cancer Watch

Teleflora Pink Blush Bouquet, $49.99 (Available at

Teleflora Bouquet


Drag Queen Bingo!

I have been looking for a great place to play Drag Queen Bingo ever since I watched the episode of SATC when the ladies are playing and run into Samantha’s ex (dressed as Samantha)! Well, I have to sent a special “Thank You” to my boo, Bill, because he’s taking me to a Hamburger Mary’s (5400 N. Clark) on Monday for bingo! Yay! Now, for the fabulous giving, Hamburger Mary asks for a $5 donation and each week picks a different local charity/cause to give the funds to!

Drag Queen Bingo takes place every Monday night at 8p…I’m planning to head over after the new episode of Gossip Girl and will try and convince my friends to go to Showtunes night in Boystown afterwards!


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